Before and After Comparison - Kirk Watkins

Before & After Comparison

January 11, 2016

Here you can really see just how much post-processing does for an image. I seldom work with a single RAW file and often take multiple exposures, each one focusing on and lighting different parts of a room. The result is a carefully blended final image which uses the best parts of all the images taken to produce a high quality photo.

Hover your mouse over the images to slide from pre-processed to post-processed.

Note in the above example the following changes:

      - Slight rotation of the image and correction of verticals.

      - Correction to white balance.

      - Straightening of lamp shades and picture frames.

      - Increase in contrast and minor boost in saturation.

      - Selective brightening of certain areas.

In this image we can see the following changes:

      - Straightening of overall image and correction of verticals.

      - Correction of white balance.

      - Increase in contrast and minor boost in saturation.

      - Use of multiple exposures to allow for even overall brightness.

      - Correction of overexposed exterior views.

      - Removal of unsightly appliance cords and AC adapters.

Almost all of my final real estate images are composites of some form, usually made from a minimum of 5 individual exposures. It's important to note that I do NOT utilise any HDR software or methods. I always expose for the exterior views and light the room to suit. What I do focus on is ensuring that each room, or each section for larger rooms, is lit evenly and correctly. With my current lighting setup this is my preferred method, and brings the added benefit of being extremely portable.

My Lightroom catalog can easily run into the hundreds of exposures for a single property, often resulting in just 10 - 15 final shots. Similar images are first stacked, then I adjust white balance, contrast, saturation and straightness on one image first. These settings are then synced to the other images in the stack. The entire stack is then exported to Photoshop for layer blending, final contrast and colour tweaking, and a final white balance check (this usually needs a minor tweak after any colour adjustments have been made). Once I'm satisfied with the result I run a Photoshop action which adds a sharpening adjustment layer then saves both a high resolution TIFF as well as a branded medium resolution JPG for social media use.


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